Nova Labs Celebrates Women Who Make With May Events and Classes

Be like Wendy the welder!

Moms, girls, teens, wives, dads of girls, husbands of maker women, brothers of girls; we all have a role in encouraging makers who make. You are all potential mentors and supporters of women and girls in their quest to discover the joy of making things. 

Add these action items to the ToDo (or HoneyDo) lists this month ladies (and gents).

 Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th. But first, drop by the Maker Market and Artisan Fair for your handmade gifts for your Mum or other special lady. She’ll love the awesome handmade art made with love by our makers and artisans. Bring her for a tour of the lab and show that she can join in on the making. Ladies, teens, and girls should join us throughout the entire Month of May for a celebration and encouragement of women who make. 

5/2/2018: Our keynote speaker and kickoff event.  Featuring Elizabeth Dougherty from the US Patent and Trade office where she is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition.

“Encouraging women to participate in STEM fields is not an issue of competing with men or debating whether men or women are better these fields; it is about recognizing and accepting differences and the success that diversity can bring. ”  

Come meet some of great female makers in the metal and woodshops. Then, sign up for some of our women/girls-only shop classes during the month in the woodshop, metalshop, electronics, laser, and all over the makerspace.

 May 23: Women’s MIG Welding 101

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May 20: Women’s Wood Lathe – Wood barrel pens. Learn to make gorgeous pens and other objects on the lathe.https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/250047735/

May 12: Women’s Metal Yellow Shop Orientation

 

***More events to come. Tune back in to this blog post as we put more up on our meetup!***

October 2017 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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We are thrilled to welcome Tara Youngborg, Nova Labs’ own Makerspace Coordinator. Tara is an artist and a maker, and comes to us highly recommended from Bowdoin College where she was a Visual Arts Technician. Tara is here to help our community grow. If you see her, please introduce yourself and make her feel welcome in our community.  You can find Tara here on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights.

There are many people who brought us to this wonderful place. Jennyfer Peterson, last year, founded the Service and Hospitality team, to fill the gap in a volunteer capacity while we strengthened our revenue stream. The work done by this all volunteer team is critical in defining the  Makerspace Coordinator role and providing a support team. Since January of this year, Suzanne Chanesman, Bean Design and Andrew Albosta, faithfully publish the newsletter. The August newsletter on the Nova Labs website attracted our finalists to this opportunity. Sam Aparicio shared his considerable recruiting and interviewing talents, to craft the winning profile that attracted the attention of suitable candidates and guide the interview process. Jim Girardi, while transitioning the role of treasurer also played an instrumental role on the hiring team, along with Jennyfer Peterson. Patrick Waters led the team to document Nova Labs policy, laying the necessary groundwork for hiring paid staff. Nine months ago, in establishing priorities, the Board prioritized defining policy as essential before the first hire. It is incredibly satisfying to reflect on the amazing contributions of so many talented members to bring us to this place.

We are well positioned for the work on the horizon. Sam Aparicio is leading the Nominating Committee team for the Board Positions opening up. In the coming months, the Board will work on crafting policy around how the Board operates. We will also develop a succession plan for the role of President. Taken together, along with policy put in place over the past year, the organization will be in a stronger position to build Nova Labs 3.0.

Please join us in welcoming Tara Youngborg to our team!

Thank you, 

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 BOARD UPDATE

The board is pleased to welcome our latest Key Members: Eric Link, Michele Tulley, John Youmans, and Ying Zhang.

The board also hired Tara Youngborg as Nova Labs’ first paid position, the Makerspace Coordinator. Please be sure to introduce yourself and welcome her to our community.

Accounting-wise, Nova Labs’ receivables are currently below $4K which means that fewer people owe dues, fees, etc. If you’re still having trouble with Stripe or another payment system, please contact Jim Girardi to help resolve the issue.

As there will be two open board positions (after Jim Sweeney’s term is over), the board commissioned a nominations committee to identify and vet possible board candidates. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the committee chair, Sam Aparicio.

Please feel free to reach out to the board members if you have any questions.


 HAPPENINGS: Call for Board Candidates

Help Us Fill Two Board of Director Positions

Do you know someone amazing who could help the Board in its leadership of the Nova Labs community? We are looking to fill two positions. Great candidates have a passion for making, bring business skills, show good judgment and are willing to put in the effort to drive key initiatives. Please send in contact info to jobs@nova-labs.org. Have questions? Contact:

Sam Aparicio (Chair)  |  Jim Sweeney  |  Bo Pollett Wernick


WHAT’S NEW

HAPPENINGS: Member Spotlight

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Curt Welch

Hospitality and services would like to express rather obnoxious and loud praise for all the cool little important things Curt Welch has been doing round the labs.

If I listed everything, it’d take a while. There are a few people like Curt who help me with the small jobs. Hanging the white boards, relocating cabinets for rentals.

One of the key, but essential, projects Curt has tackled is creating hanging storage in the metal shop, and a locked outdoor tool cabinet- lots of people use it but not many people know that it is all thanks to Curt that we have these storage solutions!

>>> provided by Jennyfer Peterson and Mike Hogarty

 HAPPENINGS: 2017 Woodshop Roundup and Awards

Patrick and the Woodshop Stewards would like to recognize the contributions of the following volunteers:

Shop Volunteer: Larry R
Person who has made a great impact in shop over the course of the year

Over-Sharer: Frank S
Person will share not only knowledge, but also show and tell projects during meetings

Over-Engineer Engineer that Could:  Will P& Zach B
This is for the most ridiculous project!

Who Made That?: John S & Will P
This is based off the number of times a tour guide has to explain what the heck that is to visitors- this is certainly an award of ambition, not completion.

Slacker of the Year: Curt W
This member contributes online in our Slack chat the most

I Learned from You: Philip, Norm, Larry R. Frank S, Patrick W.
Acknowledgements of woodworkers that have taken on mentor roles for the Nova Labs woodworking community

Volunteer Appreciations: Curt W, Adam G, Siobahn W
Nova Labs members have reached out and acknowledged these three volunteers for their work throughout the year, though they are not the only wonderful volunteers we have had in the wood shop this year!


UPDATE: Safety

At Nova-Labs, one of our main goals is to make this a environment that prioritizes safety. There are several parts to this effort:

  • Our safety policy

    • You can find it on the wiki

  • Our safety committee

    • Which is meeting soon to review recent incidents and hot spots

  • Each of you!

    • If you see something unsafe, it is your responsibly to say something.

    • As stated in our safety policy – every person in the shop is expected to use work-stop authority to intervene and stop activities until safety procedures are adhered to when they witness unsafe work practices.

Keeping the shop and space safe is one of the most important things we do as a community.

>>> Provided by Lieselot Whitbeck

July 2017 Newsletter

FIRST GlobalMESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

“Here is the original 3D printed prosthetic hand.” 3D Printer build group lead Paul Chase demonstrated the working prosthetic as we prepared for the FIRST Global Innovation Awards. Next Paul pulled out a newer model hand with missing components that didn’t work. “Why would I want to bring that?” I asked. Paul answered my question with a question “Is there value to iteration?” So I packed the hand to showcase the progressive nature of innovation the next day with young entrepreneurs (John Link pictured leading the demo). All of the participating teams presented innovative ideas that won a spot in the final rounds of the international pitch contest. I asked if anything had changed since the regional competition that led up to this event; Every team had improved on their design.

In addition to Nova Labs encouraging young entrepreneurs at the FIRST Global Innovation Awards, Nova Labs hosted Launch100 — our inaugural pitch event to foster entrepreneurship in the broader community served by Nova Labs. Launch100 is featured in this issue with the focus on the entrepreneurship called out in our mission.

The value placed on iteration is serving Nova Labs well as we continue with the initiative to roll out policy in an iterative fashion, learning and listening as we go. A Safety Policy and Code of Conduct have been approved. The shop is reorganized to better serve our growing needs — a huge effort that affirms the wonderful commitment of the volunteer membership to keeping our space beautiful and functional.

MORE BOARD NEWS

The Board is pleased to welcome Jim Girardi to the Board of Directors following a search to fill the vacancy from the previous treasurer’s resignation. Jim, an enthusiastic maker and member of Nova Labs, brings financial skills and a love of entrepreneurship. Jim Sweeney and Jim Girardi will work on transitioning the treasurer role over the coming months. Please join us in welcoming Jim Girardi to this leadership role.

THANK YOU!

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French Marquetry at Nova Labs

French Marquetry Course a first for Nova Labs

Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. [Dave Heller] taught a marquetry course at Nova Labs on April 29 and 30 which was attended by 16 Nova Labs and Washington Woodworkers Guild students. Dave is a professional woodworker with a shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dave has been doing marquetry using the French method for about 10 years, and you can see on his website the variety and beauty of his creations.

This course was the first time that Nova Labs and The Washington Woodworkers Guild have held a joint event. Members of both groups share similar interests in sharing expertise and promoting woodworking. The Washington Woodworkers Guild has about 120 members and meets monthly at The Goodwin House in Bailey’s Crossroads, VA, normally on the third Tuesday of the month. The WWG web site provides more details about their goals and programs. WWG meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in woodworking is invited to attend. WWG plans to hold their July 18th meeting at Nova Labs (Meetup link), so this would be a good chance for Nova Labs members to check out a meeting and meet some fellow makers.

Dave, Nova Labs, and the Washington Woodworkers Guild would like to do additional marquetry courses at Nova Labs covering both the same basic marquetry information and possibly more advanced marquetry topics if there is sufficient interest.

How it’s Done

The following photos taken during the class show the overall approach used in French marquetry.

 

Learn #Woodworking at Nova Labs

Learn #WoodworkingHave you ever wanted to make some wood chips or create something beautiful and didn’t know where to start? Always wanted to learn woodworking, but never could find the time or money for tools? Ever said, “I wish someone could show me the ropes and help me learn a craft”?

Then the Intro to Woodworking classes at Nova Labs are for you.

We offer six different classes this semester, geared to different levels of woodworker and maker.

Certification classes, held on Monday or Tuesday nights, are for woodworkers and makers with some experience using woodworking tools. Red certification covers the big milling and dimensioning operations: table saws, jointer, planer, and miter saw. Yellow certifications cover the smaller, shaper tools: band saws, scroll saws, drill press, and sanders. A few tools, such as the large band saws, routers, and mortising machines have their own classes.

Projects courses offer practice and certification while building a project. This quarter, we will build a step stool, bookshelf and cutting board. Next quarter, expect a class on boxes (starring the router), small end tables and a Japanese-style toolbox.

After your class, stop by for Woodshop Wednesday, Green Bay Thursday or Woodshop Office Hours on Sundays. This is open, free shop time for members and guests to ask for help, work on individual projects and develop skills in a community environment.

The GO! Green Orientation (a general shop safety orientation) is a prerequisite before you register for and join a woodworking class.

Pictures are from the February Cutting Board Project class.

Also, you can check out our instructor pages at www.woodshopcowboy.com.

Wood milling demo at Belle Grey Farm

Wood Milling at Belle Grey Farm

51HP of diesel powered, hydraulically controlled, wood milling goodness!

On January 16, 2016, Nova Labs members were treated to a wood milling demonstration at Belle Grey Farm in Upperville, VA. The 51HP diesel powered, hydraulically controlled portable saw mill ran through the wood with ease.

Members were shown how entire trees were rough cut down to boards. The boards were then put into a solar kiln to dry for at least several months and sometimes as much as several years. Once dried the boards make it to the shop where they are used to make equestrian jumps.


Check out our Facebook page for more videos!

Behold our expanded woodshop

The unloading of a treasure trove of wood shop tools.

Unloading a treasure trove of wood shop tools.

During a bitterly cold day this last weekend, a crew of 20-some hardy volunteers gathered at Nova Labs to unpack future member Karl H’s storage container.  He has had his wood shop packed up in suspended animation years ago, just waiting for some place to put it.  Enter the new partnership with Nova Labs!  Continue reading

CNC Mill Arrives

From this view of the gantry you can see where the router mounts, the tracking hardware and the z-axis stepper motor.

It’s a wonderful thing to have friends. In this case we’re talking about Neil being a friend of Nova Labs. Recently he moved to the U.S. and will be moving overseas again soon. With all this moving about he decided that taking his CNC mill with him was just too much hassle. So what did he do? He found a community of people much like himself who he knew would take good care of his baby. Neil will colocate his mill with Nova Labs and we’re very appreciative.

Today Neil borrowed a truck and delivered the disassembled mill. We will need to build a 4’x8′ bench after which Neil will help us assemble and position it. The mill has a horizontal cutting area of 2′ x 4′ and a vertical travel distance of 6″. It’s a complete system save the computer which we have several of. Hopefully in early July we’ll be in business.

As with all our CNC tools, people are champing at the bit to start using it.

Thank you, Neil!

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